On the day

We strongly recommend that you arrive on campus at least 90 minutes before the start of your ceremony to allow time to collect your academic dress and make your way to the Cathedral.

We will close the doors to the Cathedral 10 minutes before the ceremony is due to begin and you and your guests may not be admitted into your ceremony if you arrive after this time.

Arrive in plenty of time

You should arrive at least 90 minutes before the start of your ceremony to give you time to collect your gown.


Remember to bring your tickets or email confirmation of your booking if you provided an overseas or campus address.

Collect your gown

Collect your gown from Austin Pearce Lecture Theatres 1 and 2.

Have your photograph taken

If you are having official photography taken please make your way to Austin Pearce Lecture Theatres 3 and 4 after you have got your gown on.

Know where you need to be

Proceed to the Cathedral at least 40 minutes before your ceremony is due to start. Check your tickets which tell you when you need to be seated.

Celebratory Reception

Attend your celebratory reception after your ceremony where you can relax with friends and family and celebrate your achievements.

Return your gown

You are responsible for the returning of your robes to the robing room after the ceremony and by no later than 6:00pm, or 6:30pm for 3:30pm ceremonies (unless you have made arrangements to hire them for an additional week, in which case you must return them by post to Ede & Ravenscroft Limited, Unit A Denny Industrial Centre, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB5 9QD).